Helping your new pet adjust to your home after adoption

Pet experts agree that most rescue pets, new puppies and kittens take three weeks to adjust and acclimate to the new environment and family members' routines. They also need time to figure out the pecking order in the home. If there is not one they will seize it.

Preparing your children, home and yard to create a safe environment are a must. Reputable rescues will do a home visit and sometimes require pictures of your home and yard with an online application or interview.

If you have standard fencing, check for loose boards and low or high spots; install locks and signs for gates. If you use electronic containment check for breaks in the line and only use recommended batteries for collars and change them as required. For fence jumpers you might consider electronic containment within your fence or safe tethering so the dog does not get hung up on the fence. Collar styles should be given consideration if your pet is a fence jumper too.

Spend time bonding, training and exercising with your pets. Establish routines for consistency and comfort level. This will minimize anxiety and obnoxious behavior. Have a plan for your pets in the event of an emergency.

Establish your pets with a local vet, understand the pet ordinances in your community. Always have current identification on collar. Consider micro-chipping if it was not already done prior to the adoption. This and current licensing, along with current identification, has reunited many family members.

Work closely with your veterinarian to determine the diet, supplies and services that would best serve you and your pet for a long, happy life together.

Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown

Owner, Hot Diggity Dog, Inc.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:08 AM, 02.18.2020